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Viking cross in bronze – Gotland


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10th/11th century

Bronze replica of a crucifix from the Viking era, although the pendants found are in silver.

The original of this Viking Age crucifix with the detailed depiction of Jesus comes from the Viking Age discovery in Sanda on the island of Gotland.

Similar crucifixes depicting Jesus are very common in finds from the late Viking Age and were particularly worn by Norse people to distinguish themselves from pagans. The goal was mainly to prosper trade with Christian regions, but also to maintain lasting peace with its neighbors, who were better armed and more numerous.

The Byzantine influence is not for nothing, because it remains the richest city of this era. You had to show your credentials to hope to attract the good graces of merchants or nobles. This type of jewelry is often found in Rus and Sweden, a very commercial region with Byzantium.

Poids 0,5 kg


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